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Mind Phantom

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I am curious in what your all have to say about divining serial numbers from a borrowed dollar bill in which many numbers are divined or predicted in advance.

To do a mentalism act, do you feel it's ok to be off by a number or two ? Or, shoould the mage get all the numbers right?

I think it's ok be off by a number or two, it adds a sense of " being human " to what you are doing. I also understand that when people are watching a performance of mentalism, people are expecting you to be successful i.e they don't won't to see miss after miss.

What do you think about this? Or, those with a peek wallet - are you off by a digit on purpose? I don't see too many threads on this topic.

Logan,

PS: What is your favorite effect in which a series of numbers are then shown to be correctly right or predicted?
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As to the first question, I think it's too broad.  What matters is the performer's intention. Is there a structural or theatrical reason for falling short of a perfect prediction? Is the seeming failure a set up for something to come? Is there a stated reason?

Consider the question from the standpoint of sleight of hand magic. Take the production of the four aces, say by way of Harry's HaLo Aces. Is it okay to miss an ace or two? Perhaps the miss is sitting up a reveal of the aces in an impossible location? Just brain bopping, but as with most things I think intention matters.  

To the post scripted question, a favorite effect of mine is Eugene Burger's A Strange Coincidence. A spectator arranges cards in an order that proves to match a numerical prediction in plain sight since the beginning. Powerful stuff. Can be done on the fly. 

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Eugene Burger's A Strange Coincidence: where is that published?
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I'd get the numbers correct but struggle occasionally. Save your misses for any risky psychological effect you might want to try or a genuine error.

My favorite number prediction is "A Prediction in Millions" from "Magic From The Overground" .
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Years ago Harry Anderson used to have a mentalism act with his first wife Leslie.  At one point they are determining the time on a watch adjusted by the audience.  They were off by a couple of seconds and of course at a magic convention, people just sat there.  During the lecture he mentioned that for laypeople he got better reactions by being off just a little than nailing it. 
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Eugene Burger's A Strange Coincidence: where is that published?


Teaching Magic. Published last year - posthumously - by Vanishing Inc.

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i would transpose a couple of digits, like "This one could be 23 or 32, or maybe im dyslexic."
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I forgot to say that I really like Sum Total from Larry Becker...
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Bruce Kalver has the Samuel Woolf Code on the market,  Samuel Woolf was Bruce's Grandfather.   And yes you need another person, Your significant other or a child is an excellent choice.  The code is easy to learn and you can devine credit card numbers, bank notes whatever...just about anything with a serial or account number.   I've seen him do it at many conventions and it stumps the heck out of everyone.   for 25 dollars it is a steal, providing you have a partner in crime.  
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I second Brian's recommendation for the Samuel Woolf Code - I taught it to my fiancee's daughter in about 15 minutes (including rehearsal) and it absolutely astonishes everyone - and it's simple enough that once a person has learned it, a 5-minute refresher brings it right back to full speed even if months have elapsed since you last used it together.
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